Take Heart, You Are Not Alone : Creative Community Response to Gender-Based Violence

Panel with Path with Art

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
6:00 – 7:15 pm


How can art contribute to healing? SaveArtSpace has partnered with the domestic violence advocacy group Take Heart You Are Not Alone and curator David F. Martin to assemble a billboard campaign that brings awareness to the issue of domestic violence in Seattle, WA. Featuring the work of seven artists, this visual framework provides a means to explore community responses to gender-based violence and to showcase ways to address this violence. This panel will center the voices of people with lived experiences with domestic violence and discuss how art is an integral piece for people navigating their healing journeys. The discussion will be moderated by Holly Jacobson, CEO of Path with Art.

About the Panelists

Joan Daves has worked for Housing Hope as a Family Support Coach for over four years. She supports families who have been identified as homeless by locating safe housing and assisting them until they are self-sufficient and able to move out. She works closely with Path with Art to bring folks gently into a healing community where they can be seen and heard and can begin, or further, their process towards healing. Daves holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Western Washington University.

Jacqueline Gonsalvez, Director of the DVHopeline at New Beginnings, has over two decades of experience working in the social work field with families, children, survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, poverty, and other social injustices that disproportionally effect marginalized communities. She was the Director of Community Programs at the Renton Area Youth and Families Services where she developed performance metrics to improve and drive the program to excellence. Additionally, she is from Austin, TX where she worked 11 years at Travis County Health and Human Services as Social Services Program Manager. She is acute with program design, implementation, and execution of nonprofit programming. She is a licensed Master’s Social Worker and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas. She has a strong commitment to serving survivors of domestic abuse.

With a background in nonprofit management, strategic planning, and communications, Holly Jacobson’s professional experience spans both for- and nonprofit institutions. She has created strategic marketing and product solutions for Microsoft, The City of Seattle, The Seattle International Film Festival, amongst others. A passionate advocate for social justice, in 2003, Holly founded Voter Action, a national nonprofit organization focused on ensuring all had equal access to fair and accurate voting. Having studied film at San Francisco State University, she has worked as a director in documentary and commercial filmmaking. Since 2013, Holly has been the CEO of Path with Art, an organization at the forefront of connecting the arts to low-income adults living in or recovering from trauma. In addition, she serves on the Seattle Arts Commission, the Washington Women’s Foundation Impact Assessment Committee, and the steering committee of Arts & Homelessness International, based in the United Kingdom.

Nina Kuo, a SaveArtSpace artist, creates artwork about fictional and conscious historical references with an individual modern language in her expressions. Methods of painting, sculpture, multi-media and montage have long-lasting experimental effects as she branches out in art installation, animation, videos and book design. She witnesses and reveals discoveries of global and feminist realities while taking risks in interpreting newer art idioms.

Tracy Lester-Condé owes a lot of her emotional survival to the process of art. She started quite young, jumping into her pages of creation – a method used to escape the reality of extreme domestic violence. Having dabbled in endless types of mediums, she strongly gravitates toward painting and experimenting with complimentary and contrasting colors. For Lester-Condé, a canvas can be anybody’s therapist – someone that’s finally there to listen, with undivided attention. She has also recently begun to take her writing more seriously, and what makes it more interesting is the realization that we can ‘vent and heal’ through different characters.

This program is presented in partnership with Take Heart You Are Not Alone, Path with Art, and New Beginnings.

Support for this program is provided in part by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Frye Foundation, and Frye Members.

Nina Kuo. He She LGBT, 2017-19. 11 x 14 in. Digital print of black and white gelatin silver photo print. 


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